The 2022 North Devon Show - Credit: Sue Spear

North Devon Show organisers apologise for traffic chaos

Joseph Bulmer

The North Devon Agricultural Society welcomed a huge crowd to Barton Farm, Umberleigh on Wednesday for the return of the North Devon Show, following a two-year Covid enforced absence.

The Show continues to celebrate the region’s rural, agricultural and equestrian heritage and hosts local businesses whilst providing a fun family day out through additional attractions and displays.

However the Show organisers are keenly aware of the traffic chaos which many had to endure. There were substantial queues on the A377 and beyond, both north towards Barnstaple and south towards Chulmleigh and Crediton, plus additional problems on other roads which struggled to deal with the volume of traffic.

The 2022 North Devon Show - Credit: Sue Spear
The 2022 North Devon Show - Credit: Sue Spear

Theresa Soanes, Society Secretary said, “I want to apologise to everyone who was stuck in traffic. It shouldn’t take that long to get in to and out of our Showground. It’s something we have already started to address for next year. We will be consulting with the local authority and others to find ways to help with the traffic flow.”

She continued “I know we had a bumper crowd and that our normal footfall of 20,000 was well exceeded. I don’t have the official numbers to hand yet but it seemed more like 25,000 through our gates yesterday.

"A huge thank you goes out to the people of North Devon for supporting us. The Society would like to further apologise to all those affected by the traffic problems encountered this year but we look forward to welcoming you again in 2023.”

The 2022 North Devon Show - Credit: Sue Spear
The 2022 North Devon Show - Credit: Sue Spear
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